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helo a chroeso i daith gwlyb a gwyntog cymru

helo a chroeso i daith gwlyb a gwyntog cymru

The bank holiday weekend hosted the 33rd Junior Tour of Wales promoted by Cycling club Blaenau Gwent and saw 102 riders take part in 5 Stages over 3 days.


Stage 1 Saturday Time Trail 7.55 Km / 4.7 Miles


Stage 2 Saturday Road Race 72. 4Km / 45.1 Miles


Stage 3 Sunday Criterium 29.8 Km / 18.5 Miles


Stage 4 Sunday Road Race 72.0 Km / 44.9 Miles


Stage 5 Monday Road Race 94.4 Km / 58.8 Miles


Total for the 5 stages 276.15 Km / 172 Miles.



The 102 Junior riders assembled in the Lay – by on the B4248 on Saturday morning for the Time Trail, the weather was mixed between bright sunshine and torrential down pours of rain. The course initially started with a climb, flattened out and then turned left with a steep climb up to the finish of 0.6 of a mile and included the King of the Mountains phase and a prime.


Jakes racing got off to a good start despite the weather and he looked fast and smooth over the course posting a time of 13.12 minutes which at one point appeared to be a good time but as weather conditions changed the time was chipped away with the winning time coming from Alex Peters of 11.53 minutes.


All riders were home within the time of 15.29 Minutes.


The afternoon race of 72.4 Km included 2 hill primes and 3 sprint primes and bonus seconds where awarded to the winners, a 3-mile climb up to the finish line with the gradient of 11 percent.( Even the sheep walked sideways)

As the race came to its conclusion with all riders back within 2 and half hours the mist had rolled in and the rain had joined it making conditions pretty miserable and the boys new they had been in a road race.


Race winner Hugh Mc Carthy 1.55.59


Sunday started with 10 laps of the 2.98 Km circuit at Brynbach Park at 1030 am and on this occasion the weather was bright and dry and due to the configuration of the circuit, which was hilly with a fast down hill section gave Jake a chance to come into his own and with points Primes awarded on laps 3 / 6 and the finish, saw Jake win both and take 8 points and get him self on to the points race leaders board.


Race Winner Sam Lowe took 7 points in total for the stage.


The afternoon road race was 72 Km utilising the A465 / 467 and the A40 there were 3 sprint primes which included points and time at 5.4 Km and 45.1 Km including the finish. As the riders made a mad dash for the first prime Jake kicked hard came up the offside and took a second place gaining another 3 points, unfortunately at this point he was unaware that he was in contention for the points leader and by the time the second prime came round he was not in a position to contest the sprint, however at the conclusion of the race Jake took a 4th place and took another 3 points putting himself level with Chris Lawless of Max gear on points at 14.


Race winner Sam Lowe 13 points in total.


Bank Holiday Monday was the 5th and final stage of the tour with Jake wearing the GREEN JERSEY as POINTS LEADER on 14 with 94 Km to ride and KOM and SPRINT stages at 28.2 Km / 43.7 Km and 79.5 Km it was all to ride for and Jake had just elevated himself to a marked man in that jersey.

The weather was horrendous with mist, cloud and sideways rain which was none stop all day, the boys raced hard in the harsh conditions with it all to play for in the points race, unfortunately Jake was pipped on the first sprint by Lawless and lowe and he only managed to collect 1 point.




The race concluded at the top of TUMBLE MOUNTAIN with yet another 3 mile climb to the finish and James Knox of Mountivation took the win in 2.27.42 with Jake rolling over 3 mins later.


The overall GENERAL CLASSIFICATION winner Hugh Mc Carthy and the POINTS race boiled down to 1 point between 4 riders Lowe and Lawless 16 Points, Ed Laverack (Wales) and Jake Scott Planet X 15 points, it doesn’t get any closer than that !


All the boys that completed the Tour deserve a huge pat on the back in what only can be described as harsh racing conditions.


A full list of results and photos can be viewed on British Cycling website.








30 August 2012


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